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letters | wave of assaults puts residents on edge

Police ought to ease access to mace, pepper spray

A Boston Police officer patrolled Beacon Hill this week. The neighborhood has seen a number of recent sexual assaults.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

A Boston Police officer patrolled Beacon Hill this week. The neighborhood has seen a number of recent sexual assaults.

The article “Beacon Hill on alert” (Metro, July 12) is disturbing for the young women who live and work in Boston. Public law enforcement needs to expand accessibility to pepper spray and mace for downtown residents by allowing them to submit applications for such licenses at local police stations. Currently, the only way to obtain a license to carry pepper spray and mace is to go to Boston Police Department headquarters during business hours, a time when many women are at work.

The recent attacks demonstrate that this lack of accessibility to pepper spray and mace for downtown Boston residents is unacceptable. I encourage the Boston Police Department at a minimum to offer extended weeknight and weekend hours downtown in the upcoming weeks so that residents can submit applications.

Elyse Boyle

Boston

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